Nov. 11—ZIONSVILLE — Emma Haan has put in the time and the effort to improve herself as a basketball player, becoming a strong two-way guard for the Zionsville girls basketball team.
Now that hard work is paying off for Haan, as she has finalized her destination of where she will play at the next level.
Haan signed with Vermont to continue her academic and basketball careers, she had a signing ceremony at the school on Friday afternoon.
"It's super relieving that everything is in place and I am ready to get out there next year," Haan said. "I am really excited of course, but I am looking forward to what we can do the rest of this year."
Vermont is a Division I school that plays in the America East Conference.
They reached the NCAA Tournament a season ago, and have started this season off 1-1 under head coach Alisa Kresge.
"It felt like home," Haan said when asked what stood out about Vermont. "It felt right, my family loved it and the coaches were super welcoming. I got to spend the weekend with the team, which is something that really helped confirm the fact that I loved it there and I could see myself there."
Haan has gotten off to a good start this season, averaging 18.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.0 steals.
A four-year starter, she has seen her production go up every season while at Zionsville.
"They liked that I was a guard that can score the ball, along with my motor and how I play hard," Haan said. "That really aligns with their values and the way that a lot of their girls play."
And while her future school is decided, Haan still has some big goals she wants to achieve in her final season at Zionsville.
"Personally, my No. 1 goal is to become an Indiana All-Star," Haan said. "As a team, we want to win conference and the sectional. But really we are just focused on the small steps, and beating the next opponent in front of us — taking it one game a time. We want to work hard every day so we are ready when sectionals comes."
And while she still has most of her senior year remaining, Haan was able to reflect a little bit about what wearing the Zionsville jersey meant to her.
She said more than anything, the relationships she created are what is going to stand out.
"The family aspect of it and all the relationships I made during my time here," Haan said about what she will remember. "All of the coaches are amazing. We had such great relationships between us players and past players and those relationships will last forever."
Haan plans on studying biology with the hopes of going into pre-med.
Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.